Palestine and the Palestinians in the 21st Century

Palestine and the Palestinians in the 21st Century

Edited by Rochelle Davis and Mimi Kirk
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 10/07/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-01085-8
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Recent developments in Palestinian political, economic, and social life have resulted in greater insecurity and diminishing confidence in Israel’s willingness to abide by political agreements or the Palestinian leadership’s ability to forge consensus. This volume examines the legacies of the past century, conditions of life in the present, and the possibilities and constraints on prospects for peace and self-determination in the future. These historically grounded essays by leading scholars engage the issues that continue to shape Palestinian society, such as economic development, access to resources, religious transformation, and political movements.

Author Bio

Rochelle Davis is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. She is author of Palestinian Village Histories: Geographies of the Displaced.

Mimi Kirk is Editor, Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore. She is editor (with Chris Toensing) of Uncovering Iraq: Trajectories of Disintegration and Transformation and (with Jean-François Seznec) of Industrialization in the Gulf: A Socioeconomic Revolution.


“Leading scholars examine Palestinian legacies of the past century, conditions of life in the present, and the possibilities and constraints on prospects for peace and self-determination in the future.”

“Offers a multidisciplinary lens on the past decade and deeply examines the major issues which have blighted negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis over the past 10-15 years: land, water, elections, political leadership, legal paradigms, and the death of the ‘two-state’ solution. It makes for an exciting, fresh, and timely new text on Palestine and Palestinians.”
 — Dawn Chatty, author of Displacement and Dispossession in the Modern Middle East

“[P]articularly timely . . . .Feb. 28, 2014”
 — The Electronic Intifada

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Palestine and the Palestinians in the Twenty-first Century Rochelle Davis

Part I. Colonial Projects and Twentieth-Century Currents
1. The Zionist Colonization of Palestine in the Context of Comparative Settler Colonialism Gabriel Piterberg
2. Colonial Occupation and Development in the West Bank and Gaza: Understanding the Palestinian Economy through the Work of Yusif Sayigh Leila Farsakh
3. War, Peace, Civil War: A Pattern? Tamim al-Barghouti

Part II. Politics, Law, and Society: 21st-century Developments and Paradigms
4. Hamas Following the 2006 Palestinian Legislative Election: A Critical Victory As’ad Ghanem
5. Before Gaza, After Gaza: Examining the New Reality in Israel/Palestine Sara Roy
6. The Legal Trajectory of the Palestinian Refugee Issue: From Exclusion to Ambiguity Susan Akram
7. The Debate on Islamism and Secularism: The Case of Palestinian Women’s Movements Islah Jad
8. Other Worlds to Live In: Palestinian Retrievals of Religion and Tradition under Conditions of Chronic National Collapse Loren Lybarger

Part III. Trajectories for the Future, Solutions for a State
9. Palestine in the American Political Arena: Is a "Reset" Possible? Michael C. Hudson
10. Human Rights and the Rule of Law Noura Erakat
11. Lessons for Palestine from Northern Ireland: Why George Mitchell Couldn’t Turn Jerusalem into Belfast Ali Abunimah
12. One State: The Realistic Solution Saree Makdisi

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